To promote the future of aviation, preserve flying heritage, and educate and develop sports aviation pilots of all ages.
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"The Sports Aviation Foundation gave me a the chance to teach young pople about the joys of flight. What an expereince!"
"In School my teachers didn't belive in me. They said I'd never amount to anything. Now I am a Helicopter Pilot thanks to the SAF!"
"I am working toward being a Glider mechanic, what a dream! And I owe it all to the good folks over at the Sports Aviation Foundation."
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Sports Aviation Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation,. public charity under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), EIN # 45-5078808. Donations and memberships are eligible for tax deductions.
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International Soaring Complex
About The SAF
Minden-Tahoe Airport is a 990-acre general aviation Airport, including full aircraft services, located at the foothills of the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Carson Valley area of Douglas County and just minutes from the pristine alpine waters of Lake Tahoe. Built in 1942 as a military training base, Douglas County operates the Airport to serve diverse aviation uses, including sport aviation, emergency services and corporate flying. The area is recognized as one of the best locations in the world for soaring and is home to approximately 18 businesses, 250 based aircraft and an estimated economic impact of $47 million and 130 jobs.
1146 Airport Road
Minden, NV 89423
Heritage Display and Learning Center
Planning is underway for the Sports Aviation Heritage Display Complex on the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Abundant space will be dedicated educational facilities and displays, an aviation heritage display, and an international soaring complex.
This Complex will include an educational heritage display with classrooms and learning centers, displays and kiosk, meeting space for public use, an airport viewing area, office space, gift shop and snack bar.
Within the six acre complex a memorial garden will be developed to honor the aviators that have helped to promote soaring and sport aviation activities throughout the world.
In the immediate area of the Sports Aviation Foundation will be international soaring compound. Flight training, ground school, weather briefings and pilot and crew socializing will be some of the many activities. Both thermal and cross country soaring will take advantage of the world class soaring weather in the area. Adding to the adventure visitors can enjoy the beautiful Carson Valley and world renowned Lake Tahoe outdoor activities.
International Soaring Complex
Minden is known worldwide for exceptional year-round soaring conditions.
Mountain wave in the winter and thermal activity in the spring and summer attract soaring pilots from around the globe. We believe that learning flight in its pure form—a glider– makes pilots safer in the skies and on the ramp, even if their dream ship has an engine. Given that nature has provided the geography and the weather to create great soaring conditions, SAF is moving toward constructing a world renowned soaring facility.
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Jacqueline & Daniel Aynesworth
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Thomas and Edith Johnson
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Frances F. Strubeck
John Van Dien
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Mike & Kathy Bradford
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Roger and Linda Mae Hivert
Laurie & Silvio Ricardi
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